Ritual after a traumatic birth

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It can be devastating when birth doesn't go as planned. And birth is by nature a wildly unpredictable process with countless opportunities for the unexpected. That's part of what makes it the rite of passage that it is.A mama wrote to ask for ritual ideas to process the experience of a traumatic birth. In particular this mama wasn't able to have the birth she'd planned and she really missed the opportunity to interact with her placenta because it had been taken by hospital staff for t … [Read more...]

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Kids Can Charm the Plow

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For many Heathens, this time of year marks the celebration of the Charming of the Plow, a ritual to honor the earth and encourage growth and fertility in the coming seasons.  The concept is very simple: giving offerings to the earth as you begin to stir up the soil for the first time that year.  I wrote a simple song to the tune of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', and my children and I will sing it this year as we give to the earth and prepare our first seeds for planting. Soil, soil, running d … [Read more...]

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5 Ideas for Kids’ Imbolc Fun

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 Imbolc is the Pagan holiday that often gets the least press, often because people aren't really sure how to relate it to their modern life.  Milk is great, but when it's available year-round, it's hard to get excited about its coming.  Here's some fun alternative ideas for a fun Imbolc with children!1. Making a Brighid's Cross - this ever-popular Imbolc craft is great for older kids and younger ones with parent help.  It can be done with reeds, straw, or pipe cleaners; whatever you … [Read more...]

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10 Great Reads of December on Paganism, parenting, social justice, and celebrating the season

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A monthly round-up of the best links shared and discussed on our active Facebook and Twitter streams.On Paganism and bringing babies into the world:"This Life Is Important" by J. Brown: "As a professional yoga teacher, I almost never use the term: “Life Force.” It just feels too woo-woo or cheesy and triggers my revulsion for new-age fluff. However, in attempting to describe the experience of witnessing my wife giving birth to our second child, I can think of no other term that fits more … [Read more...]

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Enchanted Composting

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"I'm going out to the compost. Does anyone want to come with me?" I asked, and a moment of near panic followed when the kids thought I might get there without them. "Coming, coming!" piped the one year old, and the five year old chimed in, "Wait just a second--I need to pause the TV!"We've had our compost tumbler since August, and the kids are still excited about dumping in food scraps and leaves, smashing eggshells, and pushing the composter hard to get it turning: all good sensorimotor … [Read more...]

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Of Children, Paint, and Unplanned Sabbats

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By C. B. CabeenWhen Beltane came, we'd planned to dance a May Pole at my older daughter's preschool.  Not exactly pagan, but I don't know many pagan families locally, and the school May Pole was as close to traditional as we were going to get.  Well, my daughter lost all interest in it at the last minute.  Maybe it was because she'd gotten frustrated making her May crown.  Or maybe it was just too hot.Beltane where I live starts summer.   The green spring grass gives way to gold, roses bl … [Read more...]

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A Pagan Thanksgiving

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For my family, the autumnal equinox has always been our 'Pagan Thanksgiving'.  A few months later, we have actual Thanksgiving with both my husband's and my extended family, but this is a more intimate, immediate-family oriented gathering.  Just as the big get-togethers have their traditions and expectations, our little family has its own customs.On the equinox, everyone helps to make the feast, often with veggies harvested from the garden.  Little ones are given simple tasks like mashing th … [Read more...]

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Review: Divorcing a Real Witch

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Review: Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them by Diane RajchelThis is a book I asked to review not because I have been through the pain and process of divorce myself, but because it offers another perspective in the raft of pagan lifestyle books that are currently appearing. I have to admit though that as the child of divorced parents, and as an author interested in the lives of children, I didn’t come to this title without investment and interest. It is s … [Read more...]

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